Too Tough?

When I first heard his voice, I thought he was annoying. As the dialogue continued, however, I found that Ira Glass had much more to offer the journalistic community than a unique voice some might find irritating. Ira Glass is the definition of a true journalist. His work for NPR and This American Life show how dedication in journalism can lead to amazing advancements.


My personal favorite piece from Ira Glass, entitled “Tough Room,” features daily meetings at The Onion. Glass explains that this is an extremely tough room because story ideas are so easily rejected. Throughout the entire piece, you listen to continuous rejections of headlines—not even full stories—based on peoples’ opinions that they may not result in a funny article.


Listening to this particular broadcast is painful, but ultimately it gives aspiring journalists hope for the future. Hearing these journalists continuously get their ideas rejected, makes it seem like it’s all part of a journalist’s job description. Each person, while hurt that their ideas don’t make it through, keep going and don’t quit. It’s good to know that there is a solid support system of people who go through the same things you do on a daily basis. As they explain in the broadcast, facing rejection makes having an idea found successful that much more satisfying. It’s that, they say, that keep them going.


Besides the morale booster, the piece in general is graciously entertaining. Hearing the different satirical headlines being brought up, easily makes anyone laugh. It makes a journalist’s job fun while still being able to provide substance to the community.


Both Ira Glass and the journalists for the Onion hold great determination and dedication for journalism. I enjoyed listening to this piece because it made me feel inspired to keep improving as a journalists and know that I truly can survive even the toughest of rooms. 

One thought on “Too Tough?

  1. Pingback: The Newsroom: My Personal Definition of a Tough Room | Mary Kaleta

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